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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C

# Priests

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# Clergy
Government 'failing to support' priests' children as they search for their fathers
Vincent Doyle said time is running out for the government to implement a UN recommendation.
# pastoral care
'It is utterly heartbreaking': The role of a hospital chaplain during the Covid-19 pandemic
“Wherever chaplains are, whether at the bedside or the other end of a video camera, it is about connecting people.”
# Coronavirus
Covid-19: Dublin churches following advice on handshaking and Communion
Priests are being told to follow guidance for when a flu is circulating.
# Sexual Abuse
Two priests who sexually abused deaf children each sentenced to over 40 years in prison in Argentina
The victims were children and adolescents aged between four and 17.
# catholic women
US-based female bishop wants to hear from Irish women who are 'ready to lead'
The US-based group is holding a conference today in Dublin.
# Sex Abuse
Top Catholic cardinal admits Church files on sex abuse were 'destroyed'
The cardinal was speaking at a landmark Vatican summit on tackling sex abuse in the clergy.
# Catholic Church
Cases of sex abuse by priests in Poland exposed in new report
The document details the cases of 85 priests convicted of paedophilia.
# Belgium
Vatican stalls on Belgium bishops' suggestion to allow young married men to become priests
The suggestion of easing the rules on celibacy was raised by the Auxiliary Bishop of Brussels.
# no plans
Leo Varadkar: 'There will be no burqa ban in Ireland'
Denmark, France and Belgium are just some of the countries that have banned the burqa.
# pastoral care
Irish Prison Service recruiting chaplains to 'encourage and support' inmates
There are vacancies in a number of prisons including Mountjoy.
# Mass
Culture Minister calls for 'women to be ordained' after stepping up to 'say Mass' when priest didn't show
Culture Minister Josepha Madigan said that she did not read the Gospel, but led the readings from the altar.
# Pulpit
Priests ask for an end to referendum campaigning at mass
The Save the 8th campaign says it will not decline invitations.
# misogyny
Mary McAleese says it's 'pure codology' that women can't become priests
The former president also called the Catholic Church an “empire of misogyny”.
# Same-Sex Couples
Priests' group calls for statement from Archbishop after welcome to gay parents removed from church video
The welcome was was removed from a video supporting the World Meeting of Families.
# Catholic Church
Priests say Mary McAleese being banned from Vatican conference is 'embarrassing'
The inclusion of McAleese on the Voices of Faith speaker panel was opposed by Cardinal Kevin Farrell.
# Circle of Healing
'We carry negativity in our bodies': Therapy sessions for priests affected by abuse scandals
The Association of Catholic Priests is launching therapy sessions for the mental wellbeing of priests.
# Dublin
'Faith is not about the numbers': Two new priests to be ordained to replace the 15 that died last year
The two men set to be ordained are Corkman James Daly and Kildare native Bill O’Shaughnessy.
# academic programme
Nineteen new seminarians begin studies for Irish Dioceses
Last year Diarmuid Martin said he would send trainee priests from his own diocese to Rome rather than Maynooth, citing “an atmosphere of strange goings-on”.
# shortage
Pope Francis says he may consider allowing married men to become priests
Many in the Roman Catholic Church believe a new path to ordination should be opened.
# historic cases
'Shocking and indefensible': 1 in 14 priests in Australia accused of child abuse
The St John of God Brothers had 40% of its members accused of abuse.
# Catholic Church
'The Church is in a state of utter collapse': Irish priests at odds with Vatican speak out
Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Sean McDonagh have sharply criticised how the Vatican treats clergy and, in particular, women.
# priest training
'Maynooth seminary has to change, we are living in a different world'
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “radical change” is needed within the Catholic Church.
# Maynooth
Social media use at priest training college to be reviewed after 'gay culture' allegations
The procedures for handing whistleblowers will also be looked at.
# Out of touch
Priests say Vatican's representative in Ireland is "out of sync" with the realities of life
The Association of Catholic Priests said the appointment of appropriate bishops is vital for the survival of the Catholic Church.
# Grindr
"No concrete or credible evidence" of gay sexual activity at seminary, says St. Patrick's College
The college is responding to anonymous allegations of goings-on at the priest training college.
'Forty years on, only 4 of our 10 still serve as priests'
Former Catholic priest Val Rogers talks about leaving the Church after falling in love with a nun.
# Clerical Abuse
Cardinal says it was 'disastrous coincidence' five paedophile priests preyed on children
The Vatican’s finance chief was based in the town at a time when dozens of children were being abused.
# ecumenical matter
11 real Irish headlines that are straight out of Father Ted
It’s mad, Ted.
# coping international
The Irish organisation that made gains for the children of priests in 2015
Coping International has received commitments from the Catholic hierarchy around the world over the past year.
# Prime Numbers
How much money did a woman pay for U2 tickets that never arrived? It's the week in numbers
Plus: How many priests are going to a shopping centre in Clare to hear confession?
# rigid priests
Pope Francis: 'If you're unstable, see a doctor - don't become a priest'
“I’m scared of rigid priests. I keep away from them. They bite!”
# Catholic Church
Just 8 convictions came from 325 allegations of abuse against priests and brothers
This comes as part of an investigation into how the Catholic church has dealt with child abuse.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Catholic priests be allowed to get married?
We could be left with “a tiny cadre of aged priests” within a generation. Would allowing marriage change anything?
# coping international
An Irish group has made the Catholic Church acknowledge Filipino children fathered by priests
The group has already reached a similar agreement with the Catholic church in Ireland.
# Cloyne
Gardaí may have interviewed victim of paedophile priest as 'family favour'
A new GSOC report found that a statement might have been taken just to “appease the victim”.
# listening skills
You may have spotted Dublin's newest priest pulling pints at Tramco
Listening to locals’ problems… Occasionally serving wine… Could Dublin’s pubs be the Church’s next recruiting ground?
# No
Catholic leaders are out in force arguing against same-sex marriage
One bishop believes schoolbooks that view marriage as solely between a man and a woman could face legal challenges if the vote is passed.
# ecumenical natter
We asked some real priests how they remember Father Ted
The show is 20 years old, and it has certainly made an impression on everyone.
# the accused
The Catholic Church is coming up with new rules for priests accused of sexual abuse
The decision has been welcomed by an organisation representing priests in Ireland, which said support is needed for those wrongly accused.
# prelfies
The 11 greatest #prelfies (priest selfies) from Ash Wednesday
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the selfie.